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Maned Wolf Safari

Serra da Canastra National Park

Overview

An expedition in search of the magnificent Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus), the largest and little-known canid of South America.

The Maned Wolf is found in grasslands and scrublands of central South America, in particular in the Brazilian Cerrado. In the last decade the population has decreased due to deforestation, habitat lost, road kills, hunting, human persecution and disease. It's considered Near Threatened by the IUCN and Vulnerable by the Brazilian government IBAMA. The current population of Maned Wolves is estimated at approximately 17,000 individuals. Actually, the highest density population is found at Serra da Canastra National Park.

Our safaris allow to document this wonderful and strange animal inside the National Park on the top of the Canastra plateau at around 1300 meters above sea level. Other species include giant anteater, pampas deer, greater rhea, burrowing owl, cock-tailed tyrant, toco toucan, red-legged seriema, southern crested caracara, campo flicker, white-tailed hawk and other birds, lot of beautiful plants and breathtaking landscapes!

Highlights

  • Where: The tour begins and ends at Belo Horizonte (CNF) airport
  • When: All year round
  • Duration: 5D/4N
  • Private Guiding Tour
  • 4x4 Car Safaris
  • National Park

    Itinerary

  • DAY1

    Belo HorizonteSerra da Canastra

    Arrival at Belo Horizonte airport (CNF) in the morning, meet our staff and drive for about 5 hours up to the entry city of Serra Da Canastra National Park. Accommodation in a good hotel. Dinner and overnight.

  • DAY2

    Serra da Canastra

    After an early morning breakfast we will start a car safari inside the National Park, tracking the maned wolf in the best spots accompanied by our very expert local guide and tracker. You will have a lunch box. During the safari you will have the opportunity to encounter also giant anteater, pampas deer, greater rhea, burrowing owl, cock-tailed tyrant, red-legged seriema, southern crested caracara, campo flicker, white-tailed hawk, king vulture and other birds. With luck we can spot the rare and elusive giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus). The vegetation and the landscape are amazing! Return to the hotel after sunset. Dinner and overnight.

  • DAY3-4

    Serra da Canastra

    Other two full days safari inside the park.

  • DAY5

    Serra da CanastraBelo Horizonte

    After breakfast departure to Belo Horizonte airport (5 hours driving).

Chapadão da Canastra Hotel

The Hotel Chapadão da Canastra is located between the rural and the urban in an area composed by lush gardens and a river, where you can see small animals such as marmoset and birds.
The Hotel has 24 spacious and airy apartments of 25 square meters, with box bed, bathroom, mini bar, TV, telephone, wi-fi, fan and air conditioning, as well as balconies with views to the city and to the lush forest that borders the entire hotel. A panoramic viewpoint offer a 360 degree view of the mountains.

chapadao da canastra
chapadao da canastra

The Maned Wolf.

The Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is the largest canid of South America and the only species in the genus Chrysocyon. In Portuguese it's named Lobo Guará, the term "guará" comes from the indigenous Tupi language and means red in reference to its predominantly reddish-brown color.

The Maned Wolf is a typical Cerrado species, it's found in grasslands and scrublands of central South America, in particular in the Brazilian Cerrado. The current population of Maned Wolves is estimated at approximately 17,000 mature individuals with the majority of the population (>90%) in Brazil. In the last decade the population has decreased due to deforestation, habitat lost, road kills, hunting, human persecution and disease. It's considered Near Threatened by the IUCN and Vulnerable by the Brazilian government IBAMA.

Maned wolf is solitary and very timid, only during the breeding season it's possible to see more than one at a time. Its territory is quite large, up to 123 square kilometers. Communication is mainly through scent marking, but also occur vocalizations. The activity is related to the temperature and humidity, it is not necessarily crepuscular, for example, during the dry season when temperatures drop drastically during the night, the species is more diurnal having higher activity during the day when temperatures are likely to be warmer. In contrast during the wet season activity is typically nocturnal, except after extended periods of rain when the species can be active during the middle of the day.

Maned wolf measures between 95 and 115 cm in length (plus the tail) and weighs between 20 and 30 kg, it's up to 90 cm height at withers. Life expectancy is about 15 years. With its long and agile legs, the wolf can easily climb hills and jump at the time of hunting.

Their mating season ranges from March to July. Gestation lasts 60 to 65 days and a litter may have from two to six black-furred pups, each weighing approximately 450 g. Pups born between May and September and are fully grown when one year old.

The Maned wolf is omnivorous, eating a combination of fruits, vegetables and meat. It often preys small birds, rodents and frogs, and eats fruits such as bananas, apples, avocados, but mainly the "lobeira" (Solanum Lycocarpum). It has an important role in the dispersion of seeds of the Cerrado fruits.

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Tour Codes

MAN5 - Maned Wolf Safari Serra da Canastra - 5 Days / 4 Nights

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